Red Alert

Be Careful Who You Quote

Posted by on October 25th, 2012

In a desperate bid to find a reason to oppose my bill to extend paid parental leave to 6 months, Business NZ rolled up to the select committee citing the opinion of Member of the European Parliament as evidence that employers in NZ might stop employing women of “child-bearing” age.

“Absurd legislation such as this closes the door on opportunities for young women and consigns them to a role as second class citizens, trapped at home by stupid legislators,” said the un-named MEP in Business NZs submission.

A quick google search revealed him to be Godfrey Bloom from the UK Independence Party.

Turns out, Godfrey has a lot to say about women.

“No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.” For example. Closely followed by:

“I just dont think (women) clean behind the fridge enough” and “I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home.”

And Godfrey also has something to say about NZ. Wikipedia reports that he was filmed in 2009, congratulating the French for bombing the Rainbow Warrior.

My advise to Business NZ is simple. Don’t make assertions that denigrate both women and NZ employers and use an MEP of questionable repute to justify your position.

Its a very bad look and the issue deserves better treatment than that.


4 Responses to “Be Careful Who You Quote”

  1. bbfloyd says:

    It would be interesting to see how these comments are being portrayed in uncle Ruperts media… It may be instructive to ascertain just how craven they have become(or always were)..

  2. jennifer says:

    Lighten up, Sue, Phil O’Reilly and his arch-Tory cronies were just saying what they truly believe. It might be weird 19th century rantings, but they believe it never-the-less.

  3. Daz says:

    Good research. Well done Sue.

    We need to know who these prats are who are keeping New Zealand in the Dark Ages.